Chennai Super Kings are back in the winning form. They won the 41st IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad as Shane Watson made a brilliant comeback.
Batting first Surisers lost a quick of their constant support Jonny Bairstow (0) David Warner was very much at the crease but someone else needed to give support to the in-form Warner after that initial blow. Manish Pandey rose to the occasion. He was moved up in the batting order and came to bat at no. 3. He took the time to understand the situation and settled in. Then he went on to score 83 off just 49 balls. His innings consisted of seven fours and three sixes. Warner was gone in the 14th over after developing a partnership of 115 runs with Pandey.
Then Pandey remained not out till the end and provided the required support to Vijay Shankar (26 off 20). Thanks to him that Hyderabad finally could put 175/3 at the end of 20 overs. From CSK bowling camp, the highlight was Harbhajan Singh who picked up two most important wickets of Bairstow and Warner to restrict Chennai under 180.
Chasing 175 runs was not that a major tough work for CSK. But they lost in-form Faf du Plessis in the third over and were in deep soup soon. Shane Watson, after some failed attempts in early matches finally came back in form against CSK. In that early stage, CSK needed a partnership for the strong base. Watson and Suresh Raina did the needful. Watson scored 96 off 53 balls and Raina scored 38 off 24 runs. Their partnership of 77 runs helped Chennai to settle first.
Then post Raina’s dismissal Ambati Rayudu (21 off 25) started to hold the innings along with Watson. They developed a partnership of 80 runs and almost ensured the victory for Chennai. There were dramatic moments when Watson went out in the 18th over and then Rayadu was gone with the last two balls of the match left. But finally, Chennai won the match by six wickets and Watson almost single-handedly did it for his team.